This chapter explores the value of intersectionality as a research framework. Initially developed within the context of US black/women of color feminism, the concept has traveled, and now takes its place as a cross-cutting analytic frame within and outside feminist scholarship. The term is usually credited to the critical legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw (1989). While we conventionally date its emergence to the late 1980s and1990s, scholars such as Crenshaw and Patricia Hill Collins (2000) use the term in ways that mark their debt to, and indicate their situation within, the terrain of US black feminist thought. As such, intersectionality is best seen as a term that gestures to a broad body of thought already developed and circulating within and among minority/US women of color feminist scholars and activists.
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